calendar turned from June to July on Friday, the Kodiak salmon harvest exceeded
the 1-million mark.
15,000 salmon - mostly chum - were hauled in on July 1st, lifting
the all-species season total harvest through Friday to 1,011,005.
28,000 salmon were caught on Saturday, nearly 40,000 on Sunday, and 22,000 on
Independence Day to bring the total as of last (Monday) night to 1,100,451.
852,000 were reds and 215,000 were chum. It's still early for pinks, with just
30,000 caught so far. Almost 2,500 kings and 556 early silvers have also been
Igvak and Wide Bay section accounts for more than half the total haul,
including 525,000 sockeye. The Duck, Izhut and Kitoi Bays, with 137,000 dogs
hauled in, account for more than half the chum harvest so far.
escapement is up almost across the board over last year. The Chignik River weir
has seen nearly a half-million fish go by, more than 50,000 from the same date
a year ago, and ahead of any time in the last 10 years. The Karluk sockeye
escapement as of Monday is nearly 81,000 - about 15,000 more than last year,
and 30,000 more than 2009. It still pales in comparison to 2002 and 2003, when
over 400,000 had cleared the weir by the same date.
Creek, Frazer Lake, Saltery and the Buskin River weir counts are all ahead of
last year's return to-date. Upper Station is trailing the last three years
escapement, and while Litnik is behind last year's count, it is well ahead of
its 10-year average.
The weir at
the Pasagshak River, which is new this year, has recorded 3,122 sockeye